Press Release


Chelan County Fire Raises Concern about Kittitas County Air Quality

Kittitas County, WA - 07/29/2013 - Smoke from the Chelan County fire “Colockum Tarps” is causing concern to residents of Kittitas County. According to the Washington State Department of Ecology air quality monitoring site in Ellensburg, the most recent air quality status is considered “good”. The range of air quality categories include good, moderate, unhealthy for sensitive groups, unhealthy, very unhealthy, and hazardous.


The Kittitas County Public Health Department will continue to inform Kittitas County residents of the air quality.  According to Dr. Mark Larson, Health Officer, “Air quality could certainly change if wildfire conditions persist.  We want people to take proper safety measures, if the quality of air requires precautions.”


Current air quality monitoring can be seen on the Washington State Department of Ecology air monitoring site:


Information about health effects from wild fire smoke can be found on the Washington State Department of Health site:

Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at


Contact: Kasey Knutson, Public Information Officer for Kittitas County Public Health, 509-962-7515